Tuesday’s Prep Baseball: Bearcats Fend Off Thunderbirds
By The Chronicle
TUMWATER — W.F. West scored a run in the top of the seventh to take the lead and held off Tumwater in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 6-5 win in an Evergreen 2A Conference baseball game here on Tuesday.
Brock Jones started on the mound and pitched three innings, allowing no hits and one earned run with four walks and nine strikeouts. Daniel Fagerness pitched the final two innings and allowed one hit, no runs and one walk with four strikeouts.
At the plate, Leandre Gaines had two walks and two runs and Fagerness had a hit, two runs and two walks.
Max Taylor had a double and two RBI and Brit Lusk had a RBI double. Cyrus Bunker also added a double for the Bearcats.
“We found a way to win tonight which is always nice,” W.F. West coach Bryan Bullock said. “It wasn’t the cleanest game but we’re finding ways to win.”
Each team scored three runs in the first inning. W.F. West tallied two runs in the third for a 5-3 lead, but the Thunderbirds kept battling and scored a run in the fourth and fifth inning to tie the game at five.
In the seventh, Luke Bennett reached base on an error and Kaelin Hazen came in to pinch run. After a ground out, Lane Douglass hit a ground ball to second base that allowed Hazen to score and take the lead.
“Big clutch base hit with two outs and a runner on second, Douglass really clutched up,” Bullock said. “Daniel Fagerness coming in in that sixth and seventh and ended up getting the win. He came in and threw strikes and did a nice job.”
W.F. West (11-1, 7-0) is right back at it against Tumwater on Wednesday at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis.
Wolves Best Warriors by a Hair
ROCHESTER — The Warriors left the tying run stranded ninety feet from home here on Tuesday as they fell 11-10 in an Evergreen 2A Conference baseball game.
The two teams were tied after one inning of play before Black Hills put four runs on the board in the fourth inning. Rochester, as they proved a knack for a night, answered back with a valiant rebuttal.
“They put up the four spot there in the fourth and we were able to get at least three back. That was aided by Jared Winters with a bases clearing triple,” noted Rochester coach Brad Quarnstrom. “He is fast. Right off the bat there was no question as long as there wasn’t anyone in front of him.”
In turn, both teams scored two runs in the fifth inning before Black Hills put up another four spot in the sixth frame. This go round the Warriors were only able to muster two runs of their own which sent them to the seventh inning facing a three run deficit.
Keegan Goldrick pitched the first four innings for Rochester before turning the ball over to Jared Winters. The telling stats on the night were owned by the Warriors’ defensive unit which committed five errors on the day.
“Keegan threw well enough to probably get the win had we not thrown the ball around,” Quarnstrom said. “It’s a different story from the last couple of ball games which was pitching and defense that kept us in it. Tonight we score 10 runs but can’t play defense behind it.”
Still, with three outs remaining the Warriors put up another charge. Two outs later Bodey Smith laced a triple over an outfielder’s head that scored a pair of runs that brought the Warriors back within one run.
The game-winning hit never arrived for the Warriors who managed just six knocks in the game.
“Scoring 10 runs was a big amount for only having six hits and a lot of that was aided by their free passes,” Quarnstrom pointed out.
Rochester (4-5, 3-4) faces Black Hills again tomorrow in Tumwater.
Rainier Sweeps Napavine
RAINIER — The Tigers traveled to Rainier on Tuesday with high hopes but it ended with Rainier earning a sweep of a Central 2B League baseball doubleheader.
The Mountaineers won Game 1, 7-3. Ben Woodrum started on the mound and pitched five innings, allowing nine hits, seven runs, one earned run and three walks to go along with six strikeouts. Seth Butler pitched one inning and allowed three hits and no runs with one strikeout.
At the plate, Dawson Stanley had a double and two RBI. Brett Bradshaw was 2-for-2 with a double and a run and Tristan Ellison had the other hit for the Tigers.
Rainier scored a run in the first inning for an early lead. Each team scored a run in the third inning but the Mountaineers opened the game up with five runs in the fifth. Napavine plated two runs in the seventh.
It was a similar result in Game 2 with Rainier winning, 7-4. Laythan Demarest started and pitched 5 ⅔ innings, allowing six hits, four earned runs and five walks while striking out one batter.
Stanley had a triple and a RBi and Gavin Parker was 2-for-4 with a run. Ellison, Demarest and Scott Burdick each had a hit and a run.
Rainier opened the scoring in the fourth inning with four runs. Napavine tied the game in the top of the sixth, but the Mountaineers plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth and held on in the seventh for the win.
Napavine (6-7, 5-6) travels to North Mason on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a non-league game.
Chinooks Cook Cardinals in Woodland
WOODLAND — Winlock watched a precarious one-run lead vanish here on Tuesday. By the time it was over that promising start had morphed into a wonky 18-3 loss to the Kalama junior varsity in a non-league baseball game.
The Cardinals scored one run in the first inning after hits by Nathan Suhrbier and Kaden Harrington. Chaos would quickly follow that success.
With runners on first and third the lead runner wound up in a rundown following an attempted steal of second base. During the comotion both players wound up headed back to third base and slid into the bag simultaneously just as the shorstop arrived with a tag to both runners. The plot only thickened when the safety break-away base did it’s thing and left both runners sitting with their feet just dangling in the dirt. For those of you scoring at home that goes down as 2-5-1-6 double play.
“It was just one of those days,” said Winlock coach Jordan Nailon. “To be honest, it’s not even the weirdest thing we’ve seen.”
Zach Prue started the game for Winlock and kept Kalama off balance for the first two innings before things began to go sideways. Nathan Suhrbier wound up pitching the final two outs of the fourth inning but the Cardinals didn’t help either of their pitchers out with a total of six errors on the day.
Prue was 1-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and a RBI while Conor Gilreath added a gap-shot single and a RBI. Chris Heikkila played well defensively for Winlock.
Dillon Mills had four hits and four runs scored for Kalama. Todd Tabor pitched four innings for the Chinooks for the win.
Winlock (0-8) will travel to Amanda Park to play Lake Quinault on Friday.
BEARCATS 6, T-BIRDS 5
W.F. West 302 000 1 — 6 5 3
Tumwater 300 110 0 — 5 2 1
Batteries: W.F. West — Brock Jones, Leandre Gaines (4), Daniel Fagerness (6) and Lane Douglass; Tumwater — Jordan, Anderson (5) and Oram
CHINOOKS (JV) 18, CARDINALS 3 (5 inn.)
Winlock 100 20 — 3 4 6
Kalama 416 8X — 18 15 1
Batteries: Winlock — Zach Prue, Nathan Suhrbier (4) and Kaden Harrington; Kalama — Todd Tabor, Josiah Flowers (5) and Davidson
WOLVES 11, WARRIORS 10
Black Hills 100 424 0 — 11 12 3
Rochester 100 322 2 — 10 6 5
Batteries: Black Hills — K. Wright, C. Burney (2), Nelson (6) and Loveless; Rochester — Keegan Goldrick, Jared Winters (6) and Tyler Soderback
MOUNTAINEERS 7, TIGERS 3
Napavine 001 000 2 — 3 4 1
Rainier 101 050 X — 7 12 2
Batteries: Napavine — Ben Woodrum, Seth Butler (6) and Tristan Ellison; Rainier — Cruse and Green
MOUNTAINEERS 7, TIGERS 4
Napavine 000 004 0 — 4 6 3
Rainier 000 403 X — 7 6 5
Batteries: Napavine — Laythan Demarest, Jake Darden (6) and Tristan Ellison; Rainier — Coleman, Lofgren (4) and Green